January 10, 2012
Mixing My Paint Colors At The Home Depot!
After returning from my vacation last week, I decided to stop by The Home Depot on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, near our corporate headquarters and our TV Studio. As you may know, our company has a wonderful partnership with The Home Depot, offering a range of Martha Stewart-branded products for the home and décor, including lighting, carpet, bath vanities, and our very popular paint palette. Color is one of my favorite subjects and an important design element in the home. It can attract the eye, create a mood, camouflage flaws, break up spaces, or unify diverse architectural elements. It can truly transform a space. At The Home Depot, our stunning color palette is formulated for use in all Glidden paints, including the new Duo Paint + Primer. We also offer Martha Stewart Living-branded specialty and project paint products, which are an exciting and growing part of The Home Depot’s product assortment.
The staff at the 23rd Street Home Depot is knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. The manager, Pelly Checci, greeted me and made sure I got my official orange Home Depot apron before I jumped behind the paint mixing counter. Burnett, a sales associate in the paint department, really knows her stuff. I gave her the colors I wanted mixed, colors that were used on our TV studio set. Burnett walked me through the entire process of blending each color with a Glidden base using a very precise machine. The colors: Fortune Cookie, Oolong Tea, and Carton matched perfectly. For more ideas and inspiration about sprucing up your home, check out these tips at marthastewart.com.
1 Here I am with Clara and Liz, two Home Depot associates who service the concierge desk at the 23rd Street store in Manhattan.
2 Pelly Checci, the store manager, and I in front of the Martha Stewart Living paint color selections
3 We have wonderful colors and any base can be tinted to match our designed colors.
4 The color chart is a take-away. I keep one at every home and office in case I get the whim to change the color of a room or have the need to choose a color to paint an object.
5 We have another very interesting addition to the paint colors - Specialty Finishes - These are selling extremely well.
6 We went through the entire selection of specialty finishes, which are all unusual and very interesting.
7 There are very good graphics that accompanying our displays, which provide examples and inspirations.
8 There are also excellent applicators and tools for the specialty paints.
9 Whenever I visit The Home Depot, I am given an orange personalized apron. I have quite a collection!
10 Many people find it intimidating to choose a color, but I love that step in the painting process.
11 Here are my color choices.
12 I chose to mix these three different shades, all in a Glidden base paint - Oolong Tea, Carton, and Fortune Cookie.
13 Lisa Gersh, the President and COO of MSLO, stopped by The Home Depot to see me get a lesson in mixing paint.
14 After choosing my colors, I met with store associate, Burnett, who took me through the step-by-step in mixing colors. She is very efficient and really knows how to use the computer, the tinting machine, and the paint shaker to get accurate colors.
15 To mix a pint, quart, or a gallon of paint, the formula number must be entered into the computer which, in turn, prints out a label with the appropriate formula.
16 Burnett and Pelly reaching for the Glidden base
17 The printed order sticker is affixed to the lid of each can.
18 The cans are then opened and placed one by one on the tinting machine. With instructions from the computer, the tinting machine very carefully adds specific amounts of pigment to tint the base paint.
19 Three different shades of pigment were added to this gallon of base.
20 After the pigments were added, the lids were replaced. Burnett then placed the tinted base paints in the paint shaker.
21 The cans spend three minutes in the shaker.
22 After mixing, each can is opened and a drop of paint is applied onto the corresponding paint chip to test for accuracy. Paint colors darken slightly as they dry.
23 Home Depot associate, Shakema
24 Posing with Jack and Jim
25 This fellow was happy with the painting advice I gave him.
26 My paint pal, Burnett
27 With the great team from The Home Depot
28 I also helped these customers pick a really nice color for a soon-to-be born baby's room. They were so happy with my suggestion.
29 With Lisa Gersh - We had a great time at The Home Depot!